President Trump lands in Fort Myers to tour Hurricane Irma damage

President Trump lands in Fort Myers to tour Hurricane Irma damage

It has also led to almost 150 patients being taken to local hospitals. He also said investigators will look into how many windows were open.

The governor also ordered the AHCA and the Department of Children and Families to investigate the facility.

More than 100 assisted living facilities, 9 hospitals, and 126 other health care facilities, including 44 nursing homes, have evacuated or are closed as of Wednesday night.

Rescue teams and medical staff who helped evacuate residents from the nursing home this week said that the building was extremely hot, with staff trying to lower temperatures with portable fans.

Meanwhile, the state made urgent efforts to protect its vulnerable elderly residents.

There are now no patients at the center.

The news shocked the nation and raised questions about what is required for nursing homes in the state of Florida. I never even knew a Category 5 existed.

On Wednesday, he climbed down from what had been the upper floor of his home on a ladder, wearing only underwear and flip-flops because the wind blew away his clean clothes.

A kitchen worker at the center told the Miami Herald that the facility "had power from a generator to cook meals, but no air conditioning". Its emergency room doctors and staff were ready to help.

"I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place", he said in a statement.

"We are managing 115 patients throughout the Memorial hospitals", Memorial Healthcare System spokesperson Kerting Baldwin said Wednesday. Victims were suffering from respiratory distress, dehydration and other heat-related injuries.

Florida lawmakers will consider significant changes to nursing home regulations in the state following the deaths of eight residents in Irma's aftermath.

Keys residents are now returning to their homes, with the Florida Department of Transportation saying all 42 bridges along US 1 - the only road into and out of the Keys - have been inspected and cleared.

A criminal investigation has been launched into deaths of Bobby Owens, 84; Manuel Mario Medieta, 96; Miguel Antonio Franco, 92; Estella Hendricks, 71; Gail Nova, 71; Carolyn Eatherly, 78; Betty Hibbard, 84; and Albertina Vega, 99.

The Florida Health Care Association also released a statement calling the situation "a profound tragedy".

John Leighton, managing partner of the law firm, said he was concerned, given the history of the rehabilitation center, that evidence would disappear or be altered.

In 1997, before Dr Michel owned Larkin, federal prosecutors say he was part of a kickback scheme that involved paying doctors for referrals and admission to Larkin Community Hospital.

That 2006 case involved a $15.4 million settlement.

Apparently, the center was in contact with the state Department of Health after Irma.

The Category 5 hurricane hit the Florida Keys island chain last weekend after carving a destructive path through the eastern Caribbean, forcing the mandatory evacuation of nearly six million people and forcing the state into lockdown.

Rick Scott will visit the Naples and Fort Myers area Thursday to inspect the damage.

The city of Hollywood got a bit of good news on Thursday, as officials lifted a mandatory boil-water notice that had been instituted on Sunday.

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